A WOMAN onboard a train to Reading has been locked up after launching vile abuse at two passengers and threatening rail staff with ‘handguns’.

Trisha Clifton, of Firlands, Weybridge, threatened rail staff after being confronted, telling a train manager: “don’t make me get my two handguns out.”

The incident occurred on April 1, 2022, when Clifton was travelling on a train to Reading.

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After being asked to present her ticket, the 49-year-old began taking her clothing off before setting them down next to two passengers and calling them ‘terrorists’.

She then threatened “don’t make me get my two handguns out” to the train manager.

Clifton continued the abuse saying “kill all the Muslims” while gesturing as if she was holding a gun.

Officers met the train at Reading railway station and searched Clifton, however, no firearms were found.

She was arrested before being interviewed by police in custody.

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Appearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 4, a judge sentenced Clifton to six months in prison for religiously aggravated behaviour and breaching a criminal behaviour order.

BTP Sergeant James Smith said: “Clifton’s disgusting and unprovoked actions on the train were completely unacceptable.

“We take incidents of hate crime extremely seriously. Behaviour where someone is targeted because of who they are or made to feel uncomfortable will not be tolerated anywhere on the rail network.

“I am thankful to the courts for the sentence imposed and hope it gives her time to reflect on her behaviour.

“If you’re a victim of a hate crime, please report it to us by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 – no report is too small or trivial, we will always take you seriously.”